An important part of learning mathematics is using and understanding mathematical vocabulary. Children need this vocabulary to talk about their work, to ask questions and to explain their thinking.

Target boards are grids with numbers or pictures that can be used to practise using mathematical language.

**Counting and recognising numbers with Target Board 4**

Print Target Board 4. Point at any box on the target board and ask children to say the number. Point to a number and ask children to say the number of tens and number of ones in that number.

Ask children to:

*Find the number 12, or 50 or……….*

*Put the numbers in the ***first** row **in order. **Which number is the **smallest**? Which number is the **largest**?

*Find the largest number on the board.*

*Find the number that is ***one more than** 35, **one more than** 11………

*Find the number that is ***two more than** 22, **two more than** 43………

*Find the number that is ***one less than** 12, **one less than** 28……….

*Find the number that is ***two less than** 38, **two less than** 10………

*Find all the ***odd** numbers. Find all the **even** numbers.

*Does every column have an ***even** number?

*Does every column have an ***odd** number?

*Find the number that is ***ten more than** 14, **ten more than** 40…….. What do you notice?

*Find the number that is ***ten less than** 55, **ten less than** 37…….. What do you notice?

*Point at, or put counters on, two numbers. Count from the smallest number to the biggest number and back again.*

*Choose a number. Count from that number in 2s up to 60 or beyond. Now count back in 2s to your number.*

*Choose a number. Count in tens from your number. How far can you count?*

Now get children to ask their own questions so that they learn to use the correct vocabulary.

Make your own target board.

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